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Zabrinski biography

Natural heirs to the psychedelic Welsh pop crown of SFA.

With an often-chaotic live set attributed to their stubborn refusal to rehearse, it's often a wonder that Zabrinski sound as good as they do. Frontman Matthew Durbridge and keyboard player Robin Thomas write the songs, but the end results often owe more to improvisation and chance than any game plan.

As Matthew once told Welsh Bands Weekly, "Whenever we do practise or turn up for a gig, I get a positive melody in my head within about three seconds of a song being written, and I can't get rid of it. So I just start making anything up, and it changes from gig to gig. They can be the most ridiculously indecipherable rubbish ever".

Misnamed after the 1970 film Zabriskie Point, the band released their first album, Screen Memories, on their own Microgram label. It was followed by their debut single, Freedom Of The Hiway/Rattlesnake On Ice, in March 2001 as part of the Boobytrap singles club.

Then came Zabrinski's second album Yeti, released after signing to Ankstmusik. It came after support slots for Coldplay and JJ72 during Radio 1's One Live in Cardiff, and a successful tour with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Yeti was followed by third album Koala Ko-Ordination, and the standalone Executive Decision EP.

In June 2005 the fourth album Ill Gotten Game was released. With a musical concoction involving 80s synth pop, Warp electronica and timeless unfolding melodies, Zabrinski have the talent and the songs to make it far. Look out for them.

Dafydd from Llanddewibrefi
I think they are icons of music to our kind. Although their best work is on a ltd edition album produced for the eisteddfod called "£5 Heb Newid" there was an absolute musical genious track on this by ECTO 1 - The Return to 19; now that guy is seriously seriously talented - where's he now??

Alyssa Black from Corpus Christi
Of the three songs I've got by them, they sound absolutely genious. Hope to order Ill Gotten Game and Koala Ko-Ordination soon!

Jase, Colwyn Bay
Every song sounds like the end of an SFA track when Cian gets carried away twidling his knobs.

there awesome,black forest science fiction rules

Gary Marston from Cheshire
Zabrinski - THE unexpected highlight tucked away at this year's Wakestock, whilst way more repetitive and less talented blokes got away with playing jaded records to the eazily distracted masses.

Matt Webber
Huw I dunno what yr going on about, you should listen to 'Hit the Rez' off their new album, it's immense! I suspect your a Faithless fan or someone who likes coffee shop indie. Zabrinski forever!

John Durbridge from Carmarthen
Im not being funny or anything but this is the worst band ever. I wouldnt let these sing karaoke. And as far as their instrument playing goes, id rather listen to a busker on the street.

Huw Gordon from Cilfynydd
Probably the worst band I've ever heard. Tuneless repetitive drivel

Matt Webber from Wrexham
Great Welsh band, can't believe they are so unpopular, never heard a bad song by them. Keep up the good work lads!

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